Sleeping in Airports

Rotterdam Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Rotterdam Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I could see one or two security guys in an office on the second floor, but they never found me much interesting. -gizla

RTM Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Rotterdam Airport.

What to Expect

rotterdam airport guideRotterdam Airport (code: RTM) has a small, modern terminal that handles seasonal and leisure routes. Facilities include a restaurant (temporarily closed), a cafe, and a few shops, though nothing is open 24 hours, so plan ahead if you’re staying overnight.  The airport has a silent policy – announcements are made in the event of delays (bad weather) or emergencies only.  Gate/flight announcements are not made over the public address system.  The hotel next door also has a restaurant. Free WiFi helps pass the time.

Sleeping in Rotterdam Airport

Overnight campers have no problem here but will likely wind up landside, in the big drafty central hall. Benches are located behind the elevator and near the doors to the departure area. Bring a sleeping bag or extra layers to combat cold temps. For uninterrupted sleep, two hotels are in short walking distance. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Rotterdam airport:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • Best Western Plus Airport Hotel Rotterdam – Free airport shuttle is available on weekdays 5:00AM – 11:00PM.   » Check Rates
  • ibis Budget Rotterdam The Hague Airport – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Rotterdam, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program.

  • Prima Vista Lounge – Location: Airside, First Floor.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€25) • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Rotterdam Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, at the currency exchange office.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby change facilities are available: Landside, look for the room behind the elevator in the central hall. Airside, you will find a room beside the Airport Shop. Microwaves are included for warming baby bottles.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available in the main hall and in parking lots. Rate: You will need to insert a 50 cent (euro) coin that will be returned when you return the cart.

Currency Exchange – Travelex is available for currency exchange, providing change, etc. Location: Landside. Hours: 5:30AM – 7:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 10:00AM – 5:00PM (Sat & Sun).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available airside. Hours: 5:30AM – 8:30PM. There is also a convenience shop landside (shop closes at 7:00PM every day except Sundays and Saturdays when it closes at 6:00PM) and a kiosk airside (open according to flight schedule).

Food / Beverages – At the time of this update there are no 24-hour food and beverage concessions available. Here is a list of options at the airport:
» Landside: Restaurant de Horizon (Hours: 8:00AM – last flight) • Espresso Bar (Hours: according to flights).
» Airside: Self-Service Restaurant (Hours: 5:00AM – last flight) • Espresso Bar (Hours: 5:30AM – 11:00PM) • Sandwich Corner (Hours: 5:00AM – last flight) • Bar and Lounge Terrace (Hours:5:00AM – last flight).

Information Desk – If you have any questions, there is an information desk to provide assistance. Location: Central hall. Hours: 7:00AM – last incoming flight.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us “there are charging stations seats next to the gates – after going through security” (July 2022)

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated areas only. There are two smoking areas landside, one outside the terminal building and the other on the terrace of De Horizon restaurant. An Airside location is available at the Terrace.

Terrace – Location: Access via Restaurant de Horizon. Fees: Free.

Airport Hours

The Central Hall is open 24 hours a day. Airside only remains open according to flight schedule.

Airlines

Rotterdam airport is served by the following airlines: Air France • British Airways • Corendon • Freebird • JetAirFly • Pegasus • Transavia • TUIFly.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Shuttle

Airport Shuttle route 50 links the airport to the Hague. Fare is payable via OV-chipkaart. OV-chipkaarts are sold at the airport, ticket machines and bookstores.

Bus

Bus 33 travels to Rotterdam Central Station and to Metro Station Meijersplein. From Meijersplein station, you can get to Rotterdam Central Station via RandstadRail in 7 minutes, and to The Hague Central Station in 27 minutes. Fare is payable via OV-chipkaart, or directly to the driver for a slightly higher cost. For more information, visit the RET website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies have offices onsite: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Green Motion • Hertz • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available during airport hours of operation.

Last updated: 2022-03-22

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.